Ever reminisce about your days as a cheerleader, geek, jock, or hipster? Ever wish you could have a high-school do-over without the hassle? These five movies will take you back to your time as a cool-kid like no other.
5. American Pie
Unfortunately for Jason Biggs, he typecast himself for life by taking on this role. Fortunately for us, he delivered two of the all-time-classic scenes in high-school-themed film (the webcam, and of course the pie). Any movie that is able to create a pop-culture phrase (MILF) and create a pop culture icon (Stifler) makes the list. I am quite certain that band camp attendance plummeted after this movie was released.
4. Can’t Hardly Wait
No high-school movie captures the geek-trying-to-get-the-girl phenomenon more than Can’t Hardly Wait (with all due respect to Weird Science). This movie absolutely had it all – Jennifer Love Hewitt in her prime, Peter Facinelli played the mean jock perfectly, and Seth Green delivered a memorable performance as Kenny Fisher. Movies trying to imitate Can’t Hardly Wait’s success have come and gone (Take me Home Tonight), but CHW is the best of the bunch.
3. Dazed and Confused
Imagine a movie starring Ben Affleck, Milla Jovovich, Matthew McConaughey, and Adam Goldberg. Oh wait, you don’t have to… D&C makes the list as much for its all-star cast as it does for its brilliant Richard Linklater script. Who can forget the all time classic one-liner by McConaughey: “That’s what I love about these high school girls, man. I get older, they stay the same age.”
2. Ferris Bueller’s Day Off
John Hughes sweeps the top two with FBDO. I’m not sure I can think of a single movie character who has had as much cross-generational impact as Ferris Bueller (and it feels funny saying that). To this day, high school kids across America can be heard reprising Ben Stein’s “Bueller” attendance call. Matthew Broderick puts together the performance of a lifetime in this one – it’s too bad he peaked so early.
1. The Breakfast Club
Is there any debate about the fact that John Hughes is the master of this genre? Hate to say it, but Charlie Sheen’s brother (aka Emilio Estevez) peaked during his performance as Andrew Clark – the misunderstood jock. Great performances by Anthony Michael Hall and Molly Ringwald really solidify this movie as an all time classic. Every stereotype is covered, addressed, and if you’re a high school kid, you walk out of this movie feeling rather normal.
Honorable Mention: Fast Times at Ridgemont High, Weird Science, The Graduate, Van Wilder, She’s all That
Written by Sunil Rajaraman who is the President and CEO of Scripped.com.